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Friday, May 27, 2016

Martial arts demonstration 1919


[VIDEO] Found this silent film from 1919 of a jiu-jitsu demonstration very interesting. I want to take up this art. I had to find more about this too:
In the video above, we see Viking Cronholm; A man who introduced the Japanese Martial Art of Jiu Jitsu to Sweden, in the early 20th century. The video, taken in Sweden, demonstrates a few simple techniques used in the art of self defense.

Cronholm boxed in his spare time and is said to have won a Championship title while competing in match-ups in Portland, from 1895 – 1900. At 30 years young, he and his wife moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where he learned jiu jitsu from both English and Japanese instructors. It is speculated that the jujitsu he learned was the style that the founder of judo, Kano Jigoro, taught.
The first martial arts film in the world I suppose.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Nicknames

I caught wind of this on the Mancow show today. The names he used for his other now former foes Lyin Ted Cruz, Low Engery Bush, Little Marco Rubio, etc. Now we'll hear about Crooked or Heartless Hillary if she becomes the Democrat nominee. Anytime he comes up with a nickname - according to Mancow - it will stick.

Perhaps a sign that Trump knows how to play the media game. Perhaps he's using his status as a public figure in the realm of reality TV with The Apprentice and using it in politics.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Kasich is out...

And you know what that means....looks like Trump may become the GOP nominee for President. He's on course to winning the necessary number of delegates in the remaining primaries left.

At the same time, I liked John Kasich more than Trump or Cruz. Kasich is a former Congressman and the sitting Governor of Ohio. He was the last man standing in this race and that's saying something. Sadly he never really gained enough traction in this race and had to say goodbye.

Next question about the Republican race, will there still be talk of a brokered convention this year. Could Republican Party delegates decided to make their own choice if unhappy with Donald Trump.

I have to admit this has been an odd election. I heard that Republicans were angry this year - perhaps more accurately conservatives. There were more conservative alternatives in this race and the least conservative gained the most traction. What gives this year?

BTW, as far as hearing conservatives are angry does watching "Hannity" count?

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Decision 2016: Cruz is out...

[VIDEO] I've got to say although I respect Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for this rather respectful exchange with a Trump supporter it with great disappointment with news that he has dropped out of the 2016 Republican race for President.

To be sure, Sen. Cruz wouldn't exactly be the choice I'd make for President. In fact I have a tough time being a fan of his although this exchange with a man who made his choice long before Cruz walked over to him showed he can handle situations like this. Me personally, this would leave me very unhappy and it would probably show.

After hearing that Cruz had tapped former Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as his running mate, Trump won Indiana. And reports indicate that this means The Donald is now the presumptive GOP nominee for President.

This will be a tough election for me, but that's for me to explain later need to do some research and all that. Besides I do have a degree in political science...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Oral history from a Morehouse Professor

[VIDEO] One of my former professors at Morehouse College Tobe Johnson is interviewed for the King Collection. He claimed he'll keep teaching until he's carried out in a casket. Still had a sharp mind when I took his classes. Of course don't do your work for his courses and he'll still fail you!

In this hour and a half video he talks about his life and career. Video is courtesy of Morehouse College and was recorded last September.

Monday, April 25, 2016

1968 Democratic National Convetion

[VIDEO] So this occurred almost 48 years ago. The 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, Vice President Hubert Humphrey would be nominated. While the convention conducted their business anti-war activists were conducting their demonstrations and often treated harshly.

As it turned out according to the above documentary not only were those anti-war activists treated harshly outside of the convention - which was held at the now demolished International Amphitheater - also those delegates who weren't for VP Humphrey got some harsh treatment as well. A lot of drama was played out for TV back then and this type of drama is not what we see at political conventions anymore. Now with Donald Trump getting significant support in his bid for president it is possible we'll see drama at the Republican convention this summer.

Incidentally the last political convention held in Chicago was 1996 Democratic Convention at the United Center. Unlike this one where it was contested and one of the candidates from both parties will be a new president. The 1996 elections saw the incumbent "successfully renominated and re-elected President.

BTW, I'd be really amused to see if Chicago would ever host a Republican convention. I'm sure Chicago made a bid not long after the 96 convention and it never happened. Remember Chicago often held conventions for both parties at one point in time.

Also 1968 put a damper on Chicago hosting events like this with the harsh treatment of protesters and the drama on the floor. For those who witnessed this, it was likely a memorable election year.

I got to add Marathon Pundit's once favorite topic Bill Ayers - who at one time was associated with President Obama - was there at the 1968 convention. You will see him interviewed in the above documentary with a number of people such as WTTW's Joel Wiseman. And likely other well-known political figures for that time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Building wealth vs. charity

This article is almost two years old and it discusses Donald Sterling the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who made the news for asserting controversial statements with regards to minorities. Even worse the person who leaked them to the press had something of an undefined relationship with Mr. Sterling. Everyone including yours truly have their thoughts as to the nature of that relationship I'm choosing to bite my tongue on it now.

BTW, feel free to ask because that's where we are now at this point. Donald WHO????

In asserting some of his controversial remarks that he didn't want his young lady friend to bring any Blacks to Clippers games. Indeed he didn't want any around her he also stated the difference between Blacks & Jews:
“Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people,” Sterling said. “Some of the African-Americans, they don’t want to help anyone.”
I found that article recently on Facebook and it asks an important question. Then I found this even older article from The Grio:
Black people are far more inclined to give back to the community compared with their white counterparts, according to new research by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF).

The report, “Cultures of Giving: Energizing and Expanding Philanthropy by and for Communities of Colors,” shows a growing trend for communities of color to give at increasing rates and levels.

African-Americans, for instance, give away 25 percent more of their income per year than whites and 63 percent of Latino households now make charitable donations. People of color are also growing in size and their assets are increasing as well.
Sterling may be talking about wealth more than charity. Both are important and it's important to help people to get where you are. It's still very important to also remember there are those in need and they need some form of help to.

If I could - well perhaps it's not a matter of could, just do - it would be worth it to donate to food pantries. No matter how much money you have people need to eat. Eating is as important as clothing or even shelter. Then again another aspect of helping those in need is helping those in need to take care of themselves.

All the same this is something worth pondering do we help people achieve the wealth. And I do wish I knew someone wealthy who'd help me get there. Or do we find ways to help those in need.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

WP: Why is Trump upset? It’s because Cruz is schooling him in the art of the deal.

The Donald is certainly making quite a splash as a presidential candidate this year. His brash personality winning over voters, but this opinion piece from the Washington Post boils this race down between Trump and Texas US Senator Ted Cruz. Trump isn't a career politician and apparently Cruz is reportedly outclassing him based upon this fact.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A "Chi-raq" restaurant...

I must say I'm proud of this kid. In spite of the name he's attempting to turn Chi-raq into a positive. Chicago and young people like him are getting a bad rap these days, but he turned his life around and has opened his own business. Respect and as for the name of his establishment, it's just a name as time goes on he can choose to change it if this proves to be very successful. For now he got the attention.

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Nintendo Game Boy hack

[VIDEO] I have to say although I have little talent with electronics, this is truly admirable. I've never owned a Game Boy - at least the first generation - in my life. But if only playing and soldering electronics was one of my talents it would cool to pull off what this young man pulls off.

Have any games on any system ever with me at all times. Don't need an expensive system just use what I have for little or no money.